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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I share my passion for making hand made greeting cards. So - why "Always with a Heart"? Well this is for two reasons. Firstly, it is because every card I produce carries a heart on it somewhere. This can be big and bold or small and almost hidden - the fun sometimes is just trying to find it! Secondly it is because I put my heart into everything I produce. I hope that any visitors enjoy seeing what I post. If you drop by then please leave me a comment so that I know you called. It would be nice to know that you have found my heart in what I do.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


Good morning everyone

Well here I am as promised .. .. .. bright and early. (Happy September everyone). Prepare for a post and a half!!!!

An exciting day for me as today I am sharing my very first DT creation for the Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge blog.

This is like a dream come true because as you regular visitors will know only too well .. .. .. I lurve my Penny Blacks to pieces!!!! It is also going to be lovely to work alongside my old teamies again.

Oh I am so excited .. .. I will now be able to come and visit lots of fellow Penny Black lovers and see what you have done with your gorgeous stash too. Can't wait!!

The challenge for September is to "Punch Away" !!! You can go a bit mad with your punches (like me) or you can be more discrete and perhaps just punch a single flower .. .. but you need to be seen to have used a punch somewhere on your creation.

Here is my inspiration piece

and the close up

This used:

Image: Penny Black "4054K" Gentlest Kiss
Sentiment: Penny Black "3459D" Wrap a Hug (I just used part of the sentiment)
Backing Papers: Cuddly Buddly
Martha Stewart Punches: Embossed Zig Zag and Frond
X-Cut Punches: Flowers
Small Circle punch for making card candy
Josy Rose: Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon from the stash box

I hope you will find some time to play along with the challenge during September. Please pop over and see what my lovely fellow DT members have been up to and to see the fantastic prizes that are on offer. Oh dear .. .. .. too many gorgeous new Penny Black stamps out there!!!

You will find everything you need to know here. So have a read and then "Punch Away" (great for using up the scrap bits too).


Today is also the launch of the September challenge for Get Funky! - what a busy day on my blog!!

Our theme this week was set by my fab teamie, and flower lover, Kathy - and she would like to see some flowers on our creations - but not just little flat things .. .. .. she wants them to be 3D!!

There is some awesome inspiration from my fellow team mates .. .. make sure you go over and have a look .. .. and once you have looked then why not read the rules and then take part. The more the merrier and there is a fantastic £20 voucher to spend in the Funky Store on offer.

Oh I struggled with this one as I wasn't sure what type of flower to do? LOL!!! (I am fibbing of course .. .. .. those wonderful Tattered Florals came to my rescue).

Here is my inspiration

and the close up

This used:

Papers are all from the Funky Hand CD "Dreams Come True"
Card Base: Sizzix Die "656093" Card Scallop #3
Sizzix Die: "656640" Tattered Florals
Woodware Punch: Medium Flower
Sentiment: Made up from Hero Arts "Sunshine Upper Case Alphabet"
Martha Stewart Punch: Traditional Scallop
Ribbon, Brad, Pearls and Charm from the stash box

Phew!! So there we go. Must be the longest post I have done and you will see that I have put a Woodware Punched flower in amongst the loveliness that is Tattered Florals.

So a couple of lovely challenges for you to take part in. I hope you find time.

Have a happy day!!

Love Jules xx


Anonymous said...

gorgeous use of your punches and dies!!!

that teddy is so sweet and your coloring is so professional and beautiful!

I love the colors on the second, very funky indeed!!!

Rock ON ;)

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

2 absolute stunners jules, love the bear image so cute and I have that punch it's great very versitile. The second card love the colours and that flower is perfect.
nice sunny day here. janex

Loopylou. said...

omg jules, they are both just so pretty,i will have to get my punches out and see what penny black lovelies I can create!!!!
hugs Lou xxx

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards Jules. I love the second one - the flower is fab as are the colours.

Nikki x

Tip Top said...

Fab flowers and such good colours too!!

Kath Stewart said...

wow two stunners today jules....and that flower is simple delicious and those totally gorgeous you think I like it....oh yes...big hugs kath xxx

slinkycat said...

Love it love it Jules. The first one is a gorgeous image, so much detail and I like the blue glitter round the edges, they always need something on the edge don't they, so much more effective!
And I adore the second card! I love funky and this is very funky!
Love your talent!

Leanne x

brenda said...

Welcome aboard Jules and what a fabulous card to kick off with.

Thanks for joining us.

B x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Two stunners today!


Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Well either I missed your post about you DT post or you have been keeping very quiet about it lol either way its fab news hun, Can't wait to see what you come up with for them, as for your first DT card its gorgeous that image is so sweet..
Your second is fab just love your flower its just perfect hun
hugs shell xx

chris said...

OM Goodness Jules, what a couple of beauties, Love them both, and that flower on the bottom on is just full of gorgeoussness.
hugs chris xx

Doreen said...

Two absolutely gorgeous creations, I love them both equally, well that flower is

Di said...

2 completely different and very inspiring cards. Cute penny black image ,very well coloured. The pink and black one is so modern and classy. I'm sure i've got some woodware punches simila to the tattered florals die. i'll have to get it out and have a play.

Allison said...

they are both adorable

Lynne K said...

Stunning, both of them. I especially like the gorgeous cool colours on the first one, and that bear is just so cute! Great card for your first DT creation. xx

Netty said...

Oh Wow Jules they are two really fab cards. Annette x

Tracy said...

Oh wow to both creations Jules, I really love your DT card for Penny Black. And your tattered flowers are scrumptious on your second card.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Debs said...

Hiya Jules
Welcome back hun lol!!!
Lovely to be working with you again.
Two more beautiful cards here - love the ounched edge of the first card and love the colour combo on the second one.
Have a wonderful evening.
Debs xx

coops said...

2 fantastic cards jules.the penny black one is so cute and i love how you have got the fancy card shape using your punch.
love your funky dt card too,the colours are fabulous, so striking :)

xx coops xx

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Ooohh two stunning cards! Adore that sweet bear, so softly coloured in and fab border punch too. Love the second card aswell, love the big dots and fab flower!

lisa said...

I don't know where you find the time to do all these things, Jules. Do you ever sleep. Both these cards are gorgeous. I can see why you love the Penny Black stamps, they are beautiful aren't they. Have fun being on the DT again.
Hugs Lisax

Jennifer said...

Both lovely cards Jules...have fun with your new DT position you lucky gal!! xx Jenny xx

coldwaters2 said...

Two wonderful, super cute and beautifully designed cards Jules, the image on the first the flower on the second WOW just amazing.
Lorraine x

♥Gemma♥ said...

2 absolutely stunning cards, just perfect in everyway and love the fab flowers xxx

Zoechaos said...

WOW that second card is to dramtic and such a contrast to the first which is equally fabulous! xx Zoe

Kathy said...

Just glorious crafting Jules!

Your wonderful Get Funky! card is totally lush

Delphine said...

Both fabulous cards, Jules! I love your teddy image and the punched zigzags, and the flower on the second card is just awesome! Hugs Delphine xx